National CAMRA Website of the Year 2017


  • beer census logo Beer Census 2017 app - You might have seen the article in the August edition of Beer Matters where we revealed the results of this year’s Sheffield Beer Census, which took place on 10 June. Well, we have now released a web app designed to let you explore the results for yourself! We might have given you the headline figures […]
  • ciders An Apple A Day… - There are many things I took from my time living in Bristol, a love of cider was not one of them. To this day that has always surprised me. My summers were spent sat in the garden with my friends trying every type of cider produced in the South West. Yet much to their dismay […]
  • o0bp-0lT_400x400 Introducing GBBF Winter - CAMRA have announced that their winter beer festival, previously known as the National Winter Ales Festival, will be known as the Great British Beer Festival Winter from the 2018 edition onwards. The new name was chosen for greater consistency with the campaign’s flagship Great British Beer Festival, and also reflects the fact that there are […]
  • Brewery pic Dom’s Casks of the Month - I’ve been thinking for a while about starting a new column where CAMRA members can write about their favourite cask beers from the last month. The idea was first brought up at the branch meeting back in June, but I’ve never got round to starting the ball rolling until now. So, here they are, in […]
  • cask sponsor SCBF43 cask sponsorship - Do you want your pub or business name to be seen by thousands of people? If so, you should consider sponsoring a cask at this year’s 43rd Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, taking place from 18-21 October at the Kelham Island Museum. For just £50 (+ VAT) you can sponsor a cask of your […]


  • Brad and Lucy Stancill Brewery - ‘Summit’ special There’s something a little unusual about Stancill’s latest beer offering, which showcases the powerful US-produced Summit hops within the new special. Taking its name for the hop variety featured in the new beer, Summit (4.5%) is a pale ale which explores many of the different flavour characteristics associated with the relatively new hop […]
  • Canned Beers chantry Chantry Brewery - Chantry Brewery pays homage to Wild West Chantry Brewery is planning to offer a true taste of the Wild West with its new Native American inspired September special. Snoqualmie (5.2%) is a powerfully hopped pale which brings together seven different US hop varieties. It takes its name from the Snoqualmie tribe which has approximately 600 […]
  • EE08 Who Ate All the Pies Steel City Brewing - Steel City are still bereft of a home, but Dave has been busy with away collaborations! After a trial launch at the Rutland in May, the Black Metal collaboration Kvassphemy (6.0%) is now on general release. Possibly the world’s first imperial black kvass! A bretted version will be available later in the year. The latest […]
  • Exit33_statesidepale Exit 33 Brewing - The Sheffield Brewers Collective again provided the bar at the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park as part of Tramlines festival. Open for eight hours on each day of the weekend, there were beers from Exit 33 Brewing, Neepsend Brewery, Blue Bee Brewery and Sheffield Brew Co, all served by the brewers themselves. In just sixteen […]
  • abbeydale damnation Abbeydale Brewery - And so Autumn is steadily creeping on us already… luckily we have plenty of beers coming up to help you make the transition that bit easier! The fifth Voyager and Salvation are joining our ever-growing Brewer’s Emporium roster. The next Voyager IPA (6.0%) is a big-hitting American-inspired hopbomb packed with Simcoe and Mosaic, whilst our […]


  • harlequin certificate Cider Pub of the Year presentation - The seasoned real ale drinkers of Sheffield & District CAMRA were drinking pints of a fruitier variety on Wednesday 26 July, as several of us paid a visit to the Harlequin on Nursery Street for the Cider Pub of the Year presentation. It was the fourth time the pub has taken the award, adding to […]
  • wisewood potm july 2017 July Pub of the Month presentation - On 11 July, members headed to the Wisewood Inn in Loxley for the presentation of our Pub of the Month award for July 2017. The pub was packed to the rafters to see branch chairman Mick Saxton hand over the certificate to licensee Pat Bailey and his staff. With its convivial atmosphere, eclectic decor and […]
  • miners arms hundall northderbyshirepoty17 North Derbyshire Pub of the Year presentation - A number of CAMRA members from across the area along with local pub regulars assembled at the Miners Arms in Hundall, near Dronfield, on Friday 7th July to celebrate the pub winning CAMRA’s North Derbyshire Pub of the Year award. CAMRA Regional Organiser Pete Boitoult presented the winners certificate and the whole cast of management […]
  • kelham island presentation 2017 Pub of the Year presentation - It will have come as no surprise to many that Sheffield & District CAMRA members yet again voted the Kelham Island Tavern as their Pub of the Year for 2017. Branch members descended on the pub in their droves on the evening of 22 June to see our social secretary Patrick Johnson present pub owners […]
  • IMG_5722 Club of the Year presentation - On Saturday 17 June, several members from Sheffield & District CAMRA headed to the Stocksbridge RUFC clubhouse to present the Club of the Year award for 2017. The clubhouse was opened in 1985 when the rugby club took over a derelict chapel. Over the years it has become well-known in the area for its excellent […]


  • Bath Hotel external Bath Hotel, City Centre - The Bath Hotel’s building has reached the grand old age of 150! So over this summer we have given it a bit of a spruce up with a new lick of paint while keeping all its heritage charm. This is all just in time for the national Cask Ale Week, happening from 21 September – […]
  • IMG_20170726_210607313 The Albion, London Road - The newly refurbished Albion finally opened its doors to the public on Friday 28 July. The pub is the brainchild of Stancill Breweries Owners Adam Haigh and Thomas Gill, alongside their business development manager and area manager Katy Streets. They wanted to create a bar that was all about the beer. Katy said: “Stancill Brewery […]
  • football pub montage Real Ale and the Beautiful Game - With the football season getting back into full swing, we take a trip around Sheffield to look at some of the real ale available around the grounds of each of the city’s clubs. Obviously there are too many pubs to list them all, so to avoid any possible accusations of favouritism we will be visiting […]
  • harlequin side The Harlequin, Kelham Island - In an effort to reduce and eliminate single-use plastic things we no longer provide free drinking straws. Customers asking for drinking straws will now be asked to donate a minimum of 5 pence to charity. The first charity we are supporting through this initiative is Refuge, a domestic violence support group for women and children. […]
  • Blue_Ball_Worrall_exterior Heritage Pubs – Blue Ball - The Blue Ball (Haggstones Road, Worrall, S35 0PD) is believed to have been originally three cottages which were connected at some time to make bigger premises. There is no documented date of origin although it was registered as a public house in the Sheffield Directory in 1825. At one time it was a coaching inn […]


Inn Brief

  • Inn Brief

    The first of the SCBF43 beer mat auctions on eBay raised £23.15 for Weston Park Cancer Charity, so thank you to everyone who bid on them. The second auction is set to take place towards the end of August, ending on Bank Holiday Monday.

    The Bar Stewards micropub on Gibraltar Street is now open on a permanent basis. The pub currently only opens on Fridays and Saturdays, but plans for extended opening hours are in the pipeline.

    Stancill Brewery has confirmed plans to take over the Closed Shop on Commonside, which is currently being run by a community group on a tenancy-at-will.

    The Wagon & Horses in Chapeltown is hosting a “Meet the Brewer” event with Bradfield Brewery on 31 August. CAMRA members will receive a 20% discount off all food on the evening.

    The Firwood Cottage in Walkley has been taken over by a new landlord, who hopes to keep the pub open and abandon the plans of the previous owner to turn the building into flats.

    True North have submitted plans to refurbish the Old House on Devonshire Street. Part of the update involves changing the pub’s name to the Devonshire, which references the building’s former name but, with a very similarly named pub already in the area, could cause some confusion.

    The Norfolk Arms, one of Stancill Brewery’s taps, is hosting a rum tasting event on 1 September. Guests will be given the chance to savour four different rums from around the world and learn all about their origins, tasting notes and perfect pairings from the pub’s in-house rum expert. Tickets for this event are priced at £15 per person and available from the Norfolk Arms or by emailing hayley@stancillbrewery.co.uk.

    The Green Room on Devonshire Street has closed temporarily so that building work can take place.

    Planning permission has been granted for the proposed new micropub in Woodseats, which is hoping to open in the next few weeks.

    Welbeck Abbey’s micropub, the Portland House on Ecclesall Road, has launched a new and improved menu, with new food and drink offerings. Larger pork pies, toasted pitta strips and marinated olives now feature, alongside ice creams, a gin sorbet, milkshakes, hardshakes and an overhauled wine list.



Below is a guide to beer events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next month or two. Whilst we believe the information is correct, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys. Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found on the  national CAMRA website and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online on aletalk.



Fri 18 – Sun 20 Aug

Arranged by Thornbridge Brewery at Bakewell Showground, this festival features a range of beers from Thornbridge plus guests including Hawkshead, Magic Rock, Tiny Rebel, Wild Beer Co and others along with live music. Entry to the beer festival is free. A campsite is available (must be booked in advance). TM Travel Bus 218 runs regularly from Sheffield to Bakewell – every half hour in the daytime, less frequent in the evening.

Blackhill Festival

Wed 23 – Mon 28 Aug

The 3rd annual Blackhill Festival takes place at the Miners Arms in Hundall, near Dronfield, over the August bank holiday weekend. There will be around 30 real ales on offer, with a further 20 real ciders available. Featuring live music in the evenings and a charity cricket match on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hope Valley (Old Hall Hotel)

Fri 25 – Mon 28 Aug

The Old Hall Hotel in Hope holds one of their regular bank holiday weekend beer & cider festivals featuring a marquee with a range of up to 50 real ales and ciders plus live music, souvenir glasses and food in addition to the normal pub offering.

Buses 272, 273 and 274 from Sheffield pass right outside the hotel (bus stop around the corner), or Hope railway station is about 10-15 minutes walk away. Visit www.hopevalleybeerfestival.com for more information.

Elsecar by the Sea Festival

Thu 31 Aug – Sat 2 Sep

This event brings all the fun of the seaside to the Elsecar Heritage Railway centre. A beer festival forms part of the festivities, alongside classic seaside entertainment, a craft fair, historical tours and steam trains. Open from 10:00 to 16:00.

Cleethorpes Rail Ale & Blues Festival

Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sep

Held at the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, this event features over 50 real ales, a programme of live blues music performances and narrow gauge steam train rides. Admission to the beer festival is free. More information www.cclr.co.uk. Regular direct trains run from Sheffield to Cleethorpes, operated by Transpennine Express (daily) and Northern (Saturdays).



  1. All the best for Sheffield Beer Festival.
    I hope the beers especially from the local breweries are not overpriced as they have been, especially last year!!

  2. Bassetlaw Beer Festival, Grafton Hotel, Worksop; 11/12 July
    Worley Men’s Club Beer Festival; 17/18 July

  3. Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival is delayed this year but has now been announced as 22-24 September and re-titled ‘Doncaster Town Beer festival’, not the 26th annual – that will be next year in the more usual Easter slot.

    The 2016 event is based at the Diamond Live Lounge on Wood Street/Waterdale and this will be the CAMRA manned location with around 50 beers expected to be available. In addition, many town centre pubs are taking part and will have festival bars and extra available.

    There would normally be an annual #DN1 event at the end of October/start of November but this year the two events have been merged to try and give Doncaster a different type of festival weekend.

    More details to be finalised, keep an eye on http://www.doncastercamra.org.uk nearer the time 😉

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